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Places to buy Hoi An Silk Lanterns – Light up your Lantern

A beautiful Hoi An silk lantern will add elegance to your home. True, some of them could get wrinkled when you take them home; but not really, if you buy them from the right place.


Hoi An night market

This market is a good place to give a try, as it offers accessories at a cheap rate. The number of small as well as big stalls would give you a good idea on what to buy. And the traders would let you choose the lantern you need because so many designs and shapes are available. So take your own time to pick the most eye-catching lantern design. The best thing is yet to come; there are artists who would hand paint your chosen lantern. It will be a bonus feature. They would paint anything under the sun, be it a picture you provide or a concept you are fond of. They will breathe life into whatever it is in front of you.


Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street

This street is ideal if you are looking for a traditional lantern. The street is also famous for plain silk lanterns. The streets are not the only place to look for lanterns. They are also available in Luxury Resorts. Hoi An does, in fact, have lanterns almost anywhere. But what is so special about Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street is that you will find unique Vietnamese elements incorporated into the lanterns.


Lifestart Foundation

This is not only a place to buy lanterns, but also one where you can also learn the art of making lanterns. The Foundation, from time to time, organises lantern-making workshops. Probably this could be the best gift you can take home. Back home, you can enlighten your loved ones on how to make a lantern!
It usually takes one and half hours to learn the art of making a lantern. You would not find any difficulty in understanding the instructions as the teachers speak good English. They are trained to give instructions clearly. If you have plans to visit Lifestart Foundation to buy lanterns, try to have at some part of the day free for that. You can also spend hours browsing the lanterns already made. If you stay at a resort like Anantara Hoi An Resort among others, you can get transport arranged to reach Lifestart Foundation.


Long Vy Lanterns

Long Vy Lanterns take you to the oldest lantern makers in town. You can see their skills by the frames which are quite delicate. Those frames are covered in silk and will be even more beautiful with the designs that you can get the lantern makers to work on. You can simply instruct them to introduce a nice design.


Hung An Lanterns

Here is another place where you can simply fall in love with the tradition of Vietnamese lanterns. The ubiquitous restaurants have an added charm with the glowing lanterns hung. This lantern street shows the love that the Vietnamese have for their lanterns, but in their own indigenous way.